CCAC President Johnson, finalist for Cleveland college position

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ALEX JOHNSON

According to a letter received by the New Pittsburgh Courier, Community College of Allegheny County President Alex Johnson could be leaving CCAC to take a position as president of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

Johnson is one of two finalists, according to the CCAC and Cuyahoga offices of media relations.

“I am quite content with my position at CCAC-as I have often said, it is my honor to serve as its president. I continue to look forward to the initiatives and achievements that await CCAC, and I enjoy life in this community that has quickly accepted me as one of its own,” Johnson said in the letter sent out on May 6.

“However, with my children and grandchildren all living in Cleveland, I felt that I could not let the opportunity pass to talk with Cuyahoga officials about the position.”

Cuyahoga President Jerry Sue Thornton will be retiring in on June 30. She announced his plans to retire in January.

Johnson came to CCAC in 2008 after serving as chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans. Prior to that position, Johnson served as president of Cuyahoga’s Metropolitan Campus for 12 years, from 1993 to 2003. This was his first presidential position at a college.

At a recent CCAC board of trustees meeting on May 2, the board voted to reward Johnson with a 10 percent “performance bonus” totaling an approximate $25,000. Johnson said he plans to donate his raise to charity.

The other finalist for the Cuyahoga position is Lars Hafner, a former president of State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota, who resigned in October 2012.

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